Saturday 17 February 2018


Ruff - Bowling Green.
A 'bitty' day today. The morning was spent watching Joel's team beat arch rivals Alphington Allstars. Great to see Joel back in action after a prolonged injury-induced break. A quick look at Bowling Green produced the long-staying Ruff, with c1/200+ Avocet, and a lightning stop at Ludwell Valley produced 2/3 Green Sandpiper and 2 Chiffchaff.
This afternoon the gulls on the Otter disappointed, but it was nice to watch a roosting Tawny Owl. Just a couple Ringed Plovers, 2 Rock Pipit and a Meadow Pipit were the only other species to make the notebook.
A quick look at Hayes Barton on the way home produced 4+ Brambling among c100+ Chaffinch. Also noted - 2 Mistle Thrush, c10+ Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, c5+ Meadow Pipit and 3 Red-legged Partridge.
Last thing this afternoon - both the Long-tailed Duck and the Slavonian Grebe were scoped from Exmouth Quay.

Avocets - Bowling Green

Green Sandpiper - Ludwell Valley - one of two or three birds present.

Tawny Owl - Otter Estuary

Meadow Pipit - Hayes Barton


  1. Much better photo than mine mate. Nice to catch up with you earlier. Thanks for pointing out the owl

  2. No problem. Don't see Tawnys too often. Cheers. Matt